Arsene Wenger says it was good for Danny Welbeck to get some minutes under his belt as he made his first appearance since last April in the 2-1 win over Preston on Saturday.
The England international has been sidelined since damaging his meniscus at Man City last season, but came on in the 83rd minute as the Gunners sought a winner.
Although it was Olivier Giroud who got the late goal, Welbeck almost added some gloss to the scoreline with a stinging drive that was tipped over by the keeper.
Speaking afterwards, the manager said, “He has been out for such a long time, that just for him to get 15 minutes was great.
“I think I had a hesitation. Had we not come back early I would perhaps have brought him on earlier.
“He thought he had 20 minutes in his legs and in the end he nearly scored, so that’s good.”
He’s likely to be eased back into action over the coming weeks, but once fit will certainly be pushing for a first team place.